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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft has won another the patent trial against Motorola yesterday. The Jury ruled that Motorola failed to maintain fair and reasonable licensing terms when it negotiated with Microsoft over the Wi-Fi and H.264 intellectual property used in various products like Xbox, Windows 7 and more. This is not the first time Microsoft won against Motorola in courtroom, previously the court ruled that the standard, essential patents of Motorola were not worth $4 billion as claimed instead suggested few million dollars. Also the court yesterday asked Motorola to pay $11 million for the costs of relocating a warehouse of Microsoft in Germany due to an injunction on certain Microsoft products brought by Motorola in that country along with $3 million for legal fees. Microsoft on this verdict, “This is a landmark win for all who want products that are affordable and work well together,” A Motorola spokesman on the verdict, “We’re ...

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CNET today reported that Toshiba will be revealing their first 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet branded as Encore at IFA. This new 8-inch tablet will be one of the first few devices that will be based on Intel Bay Trail-T processor. Intel Bay Trail processors are the next generation Atom processors that will offer 2x performance on the current generation Atom chips with more battery life. Apart from Toshiba, lots of other OEMs are also expected to release Bay Trail based Windows 8.1 tablets and Ultraportables in the coming weeks and these devices are expected to hit the market for this holiday season. Update: The official announcement has confirmed the device. Read about it here. Source: CNET ...

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At IFA in Germany, ASUS announced a new budget-minded Ultraportable called X102BA. The laptop comes with 10.1-inch Multi-Touch Display, 2GB of RAM and 320GB of HDD. It will be powered by the latest AMD A Series APU and even comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed. Read more about it below. Berlin, Germany (4th September, 2013) – ASUS today announced the X102BA, a compact and lightweight ultraportable laptop with a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 display with 10-point multi-touch for responsive fingertip control with Windows 8. The X102BA also features the latest AMD A Series APU and comes bundled with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 for high-performance productivity, straight from the box. The ASUS X102BA features cutting-edge multi-touch technology that surpasses the standards set by Microsoft for Windows 8. With a multi-touch digitizer that recognizes a contact point with a mere 5mm diameter, rather than the Microsoft recommendation of ...

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NFL has today released their NFL.com Fantasy Football 2013 app for Windows 8/RT devices in the Windows Store. Description: Manage your NFL.com Fantasy Football teams on your favorite Windows 8 device. The official NFL Fantasy Football app is your ultimate fantasy companion at home or on the go. Designed with both keyboard/mouse and touch-friendly controls in mind, you are in control. Features: • LIVE SCORING: Follow your teams and players in real time with Game Center featuring the exclusive live scoring chart • VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Watch in-game video highlights to track your team like never before on game day • SET YOUR LINEUP: Start or bench players • PLAYER NEWS: Get official news and injury updates, direct from NFL.com • MANAGE MULTIPLE TEAMS: Access and control all of your NFL.com teams and leagues Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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  Sony today announced the updated tabletop Windows 8 PC VAIO Tap 21 at IFA. The new portable Windows 8 PC comes slightly larger screen than their predecessor and weighs less than it. It comes with full HD display, latest Intel Core processors, touch optimized apps such as Family paint and more. Read more about it below.   Sony was first to market with the portable all-in-one segment with VAIO Tap 20. Its successor, VAIO Tap 21, is about 30 percent lighter. Now encased in aluminum with clean edges and a diamond cut VAIO logo, VAIO Tap is sleeker than ever. The new tabletop PC now features a freestyle stand which allows users to easily change the angle of the screen with one hand. Thanks to the internal battery, VAIO Tap 21 can be carried around the home or laid flat on a coffee table for the whole family to play games on ...

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Microsoft today released a re-designed Bing Video search experience. The all new design allows you to quickly browse, discover and view videos from YouTube, Hulu and Vimeo, Dailymotion, Vevo, MTV, CBS, MSN and more. It has a streamlined navigation, instant preview and more. Pop-out Hover Preview: Rather than making you travel to a site to see if a video is the one you’re looking for, we updated our preview mode so now you can simply roll the cursor over the video thumbnail to see a short preview. We also expanded the information displayed about a video to speed up your search and now show favicons from the top sites, view counts, descriptions, and bold your search terms in the titles. Additionally, we’ve added a control for our previews so you can adjust the volume level of the preview playback. Improved Filters: Another subtle but powerful feature are the filter improvements. ...

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Asus today announced two new flagship Ultrabooks which comes with premium specifications, ultra-high resolution displays and a lid protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 make Zenbook. These high-end Ultrabooks comes with a 13.3-inch display available with a 1920 x 1080 Full HD and 2560 x 1440 WQHD resolutions, latest Intel Core processors, discrete graphics options and more. Read more about it below. Berlin, Germany (4th September, 2013) – ASUS today announced Zenbook UX301 and UX302, two flagship UltrabooksTM with a beautiful sleek design and a lid protected by scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance. First glimpsed at Computex 2013, the new Zenbook UX301 and UX302 are next-generation Ultrabooks based on the award-winning Zenbook, launched in 2011. The new models feature a metallic ‘spun’ metal design that’s a Zenbook hallmark, but a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 adds a sheer high-gloss finish that’s as hard-wearing as it is stunning. Corning ...

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ASUS today announced updated Transformer Book T300 at IFA 2013. The updated Ultrabook which comes with detachable display will be powered by 4th generation Intel Core processor. Read more about it below. Berlin, Germany (4th September, 2013) – ASUS today announced Transformer Book T300, a 13.3-inch laptop with a detachable Full HD display that can be used as a standalone Windows 8 tablet. Transformer Book is powered by a 4th generation Intel® CoreTM processor for seamless multi- tasking performance and offers outstanding energy efficiency, with up to eight hours battery life. Sleek and durable design with cutting-edge multi-touch control ASUS Transformer Book T300 features a sleek metallic design with a soft-touch finish that’s both durable and stylish. The 13.3-inch tablet display has a Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution for an expansive working space with razor-sharp images, while IPS technology ensures wide 178-degree viewing angles with excellent daylight visibility. Transformer Book also ...

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Sony today announced their Lenovo Yoga competitor VAIO | Flip PC which allows you to enjoy the device as a traditional laptop in addition to various other forms. The great news is that it supports active pens and also will be available in 13-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch models. Read more about it below. The unique design of VAIO | Flip PC maintains the full functionality of a conventional notebook PC with the ability to switch between laptop, tablet and viewer modes – the perfect blend of productivity and entertainment. Utilizing a unique 2nd hinge, the display can flip, allowing the PC to change from laptop to tablet or viewer modes. Tablet mode is best for browsing the web, taking pictures and writing with the optional Active Pen. By flipping the display over, users can access viewer mode, a form that is the best for watching videos and movies or showing ...

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At IFA today, Sony announced their competitor to Microsoft Surface called VAIO Tap 11. This 11-inch device comes with a kickstand similar to Surface Pro, comes with latest Intel Core processor, 1,920 x 1,080 IPS touch display with support for pen and attachable keyboard. Read about it below. Available in both black and white options, the new VAIO Tap 11 Tablet PC is the world’s thinnest (0.39″) Windows 8 Tablet PC with Intel® Core™ Processor family. * Featuring an aluminum magnetic full pitch keyboard/cover with a touch pad, users can be as productive as they are on a traditional notebook PC. In addition, the keyboard uses magnets to easily attach to the display when it is not being used, providing a cover and charging the keyboard in this position. VAIO Tap 11 models are also equipped with fourth generation Intel Core processors with up to Core i7 and Solid State Drives for ...

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Lenovo yesterday announced five new ThinkPads which includes T440s, T440 and X240 Ultrabooks and business focused S440 and the S540. These new devices includes latest Intel Haswell processors, optional full HD display, updated touchpads which supports Windows 8 gestures, long battery life upto 17 hours, new Power Bridge technology and more. Read full press release below. BERLIN, GERMANY. – September 3rd, 2013: Lenovo today announced new thinner and lighter additions to the ThinkPad portfolio. The ThinkPad T440s, T440 and X240 Ultrabook laptops demonstrate a deliberate and purposeful look and feel. The new modern design of the ThinkPad laptops delivers the performance users expect in business while eliciting the excitement and appeal of a consumer designed laptop. This includes 20 percent thinner form factors, a variety of panel options and up to 45 percent larger trackpads with improved click functionality supporting Windows 8 gestures. These new laptops deliver all day battery ...

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While there are many positives and negatives one can list out for the announced Microsoft-Nokia deal, I have only one concern. The marketing team at Microsoft is completely different from the marketing team at Nokia. You can just tell the difference by observing them from the recent campaigns. Nokia’s marketing is always bold, straight-forward and nowadays takes on its competition directly and in-directly through various forms of marketing activities. It worked most of the time for Nokia and I fear Microsoft could change this. In his letter to Microsoft, Steve Ballmer revealed that Microsoft is planning to integrate global marketing under Tami Reller and Mark Penn. We are planning to integrate all global marketing under Tami Reller and Mark Penn. It is very important that we pursue a unified brand and advertising strategy as soon as possible. I don’t think Microsoft’s unified marketing strategy will work the way they expect. Marketing ...

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Microsoft today posted the full transcript of the webcast in which Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Terry Myerson, Stephen Elop and others discuss Nokia/Microsoft deal and answers questions from analysts. Here is the full transcript of Q&A. STEVE BALLMER: Fantastic. Chris, I think that pretty much wraps up and we would love a chance to take some questions. OPERATOR: Walter Pritchard, Citigroup, your line is open. WALTER PRITCHARD: Great. Thanks for taking the question. Steve Ballmer, on the tablet side, obviously, we could say many of the same things as you’ve put into this slide deck as rationale for doing an acquisition on the phone side as we could say about the tablet side including picking up more gross margin. I’m wondering how this transaction impacts the strategy going forward in tablets and whether or not you need to, in a sense, double down further on first-party hardware in the tablet ...

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  Microsoft yesterday announced that they are acquiring Nokia’s Devices and Services division for about $7.1 Billion. While Microsoft has revealed almost all the information on what the deal with Nokia is and how they will approach it, we are yet to know the changes inside Microsoft after the Nokia deal. The biggest question I have in mind is about the future of Surface brand and the team. The History Of Surface: Microsoft created the Surface brand and released their first device Windows RT back in November in an effort to showcase Windows 8. After three months, they released Surface Pro device running full versions of Windows 8 focusing on enterprise users. During last financial quarter, Microsoft announced a $900 million write off due to unsold inventory. Microsoft has just started expanding the availability of Surface devices to over dozen countries through partner retailers. They just started limited channel availability  of Surface ...

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Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox One will support up to 8 controllers at once. This is a great news for the upcoming Xbox One customers. While Sony usually one ups Microsoft’s numbers regarding Xbox One, unfortunately this time they revealed that PS4 will only support upto 4 controller at once. Features: The greatest gamepad – now even better The Xbox One Wireless Controller features over 40 improvements to the award-winning Xbox 360 Wireless Controller. More immersive Feel the action like never before with Impulse Triggers. New vibration motors in the triggers provide precise fingertip feedback bringing weapons, crashes, and jolts to life for a whole new level of gaming realism.* New expansion port with high speed data transfer enables clearer chat audio when using a compatible headset.** More precise Newly designed D-pad is responsive to both sweeping and directional movements. Thumbstick improvements enable better grip and accuracy. Trigger and bumpers are ...

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Microsoft showed off its ESPN and the NFL apps for Xbox One to the media recently. These apps are designed similar to the existing ESPN Xbox 360 app with few changes and features that take advantage of Xbox One platform. Microsoft also announced NFL.com Fantasy Football on Xbox 360, Windows 8 and Windows Phone which are available for download today. The NFL on Xbox One and Surface Tailored for you, the NFL on Xbox One will deliver the best of the NFL, in a way that will completely reimagine the way you experience football from the comfort of your home. Only Xbox One can bring interactivity to live games, stats, scores, highlights and your NFL.com Fantasy Football team all together on the best screen in the house – your TV. Xbox One will personalize your NFL experience, for your team, with the best content the NFL has to offer including ...

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